Short of the Day: ‘R.I.P.’ Explores the Hilarious Awkwardness of Young Adulthood

From the writer, director, and star of ‘The Last Virgin in L.A.’

From the writer, director, and star of ‘The Last Virgin in L.A.’

Okay, so technically today’s Short of the Day selection is the first two episodes of a new web series and not a film, but it’s so good I’m bending the rules.

You might remember a couple months ago we brought you a raunchy and droll comedic short called The Last Virgin in L.A. which was written by, directed, and starred Zane Rubin. Well, Rubin’s back and she’s bringing her comedic chops to a new web series entitled R.I.P., a thematic exploration of the pitfalls, pratfalls, failures and foibles of young adulthood.

The first episode, Day Job, depicts the realities of post-collegiate employment, and the second, Friends, deals with social humiliation. In both, Rubin applies her particular brand of humor, which is a delightful mixture of fatalism and optimism, hope and fatigue, over-concern and just being over it. She’s as whip-smart as she is hilarious, insightful as she is objective, and as an actress, a character, distinct in ways our most cerebral comedians are.

R.I.P. is being produced through Super Deluxe, which is an entertainment company dedicated to “amplifying creative voices that live just outside the mainstream.” Rubin certainly fits that description, but there’s also a universality tucked into her work that hints she could cross over at any second. Get to know her now before she’s everywhere.

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